Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

Pasta E Ceci (pasta And Chickpeas)

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Pamela Rappaport


I learned this quick Rome favorite recipe years ago. It's a great vegetarian recipe to have around. We like it with hearty rigatoni and a thick sauce, more like a stew. Many people serve this dish with a smaller pasta and thinner sauce and it's a soup. Whatever style you like, it's delicious! Serve with crusty bread and a salad and dinner is ready.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1/2 tsp
    dried sage
  • 1 sprig(s)
    fresh rosemary
  • 1 can(s)
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    15 oz can tomatoes
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • ·
    1 to 2 cups beef broth (or more) or veggie broth if vegetarian
  • 8 oz
    rigatoni, cooked (if serving as a soup use a smaller pasta)
  • ·
    parmigiano reggiano cheese, for topping

How to Make Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)


  1. Drain chickpeas and peel. Don't panic, it's easy. Pinch them between fingers and it pops right off. You don't have to get every single one.
  2. Saute onion in olive oil until tender.
  3. Add rosemary and sage and heat until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add tomatoes and 1 cup beef broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add chickpeas and heat through.
  6. Blend all in blender until smooth.
  7. Return to pan and add the cooked pasta. Add broth for the consistency you want. We like it to be like a thick stew. Some people prefer it as a soup.
  8. Serve with a generous sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Printable Recipe Card

About Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

7 Summer Trifles

7 Summer Trifles

Who doesn’t love this lovely layered treat? Dating back to the 18th century, this is a tried and true summer dessert. Perfect for picnics, cookouts, and get-togethers, trifles are a delicious dessert that feed a crowd. Simple, gorgeous, and can be made ahead of time, trifles come in all shapes and sizes and flavors for […]

13 Different Ways To Grill Chicken

13 Different Ways To Grill Chicken

When asked, “What’s for dinner?” and you answer chicken, you won’t get a sigh from your family if you say grilled chicken. No matter what cut of chicken your family likes, we’ve gathered an assortment of recipes to make all summer long. You’ll find grilled chicken breast, wing, and thigh recipes. Plus, a tasty recipe […]

11 Recipes That Spotlight Pesto

11 Recipes That Spotlight Pesto

Bright green in color, pesto is a classic northern Italian sauce. Traditionally made with basil, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and nuts (pine nuts or walnuts), it has a slightly grassy and nutty flavor. Easy to make at home, it’s versatile and quite tasty. We’re sharing pesto sauce from scratch recipes along with ways you can […]